I told my parents when I was younger that I wanted to grow up and be a lawyer. I have always believed that people deserve justice and quality guidance through trying times. While often this goal must be accomplished through our legal systems, it doesn’t have to be over-complicated. I am passionate about helping others navigate uncharted waters and understand that every family has unique needs and desires important them.
I received my Bachelors in social work from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to work as a social worker for some time before deciding to take my advocacy to the courtroom. I truly enjoyed my time as a social worker, working with children and families as I gained a lot of insight on the complexities of the family unit and the family courts.
I went on to earn my J.D. from the University of Texas School of law (making me what they call a double longhorn!). I was named the G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar of my class, receiving a full tuition scholarship for my previous work with children and families and my ultimate desire to continue that great work as a lawyer.
During my time in law school, I continued to craft my skills in advocacy by gaining my provisional license to practice law. With that opportunity I was able to learn from several excellent lawyers how to zealously fight for my clients and lead families to meaningful resolution. I was further able to participate Texas Law’s Disabilities Rights Clinic (representing differently abled individuals who experienced legal issues in conflict with federal law) and the Children’s Rights Clinic (representing children involved in Child Protective Services case). During my time in both clinics, I appeared in multiple court hearings in Travis County and secured my first trial win before graduating law school.
While I have lived in Austin for almost 10 years, I was born and raised in a Houston suburb. I have enjoyed seeing Austin grow while keeping many of its charms. In my spare time, you can catch me at a comedy show, exploring new adventures in the city with friends, hanging with my cockapoo, Zoey, or enjoying my time as Auntie Alyse.
- Bachelor’s in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas School of Law
- Civil Law Clerk, Cofer & Connelly, PLLC
- Student Attorney, Texas Law Children’s Rights Clinic
- Student Attorney, Texas Law Disabilities Rights Clinic
- Law Clerk, Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health
- Summer Intern, Travis County Attorney’s Office
- Texas Department of Family & Protective Service Awards
- G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar
- William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law/ Texas Law Graduating Student Award
- Victor and Myra Ravel Scholarship Award in Children’s Rights
- Ann Forman Scholarship Award for Children’s Rights